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Como sabéis, los viernes os traigo autores o/y libros invitados. Carmen Cervera es una autora a la que conozco porque frecuentamos un grupo de autores, pero supongo que porque ella (como yo) debido a circunstancias familiares ha estado muy ocupada con otras cosas, no la había traído aún de invitada. Después de charlar con ella sobre varias ideas, de leer sobre su aventura de escritora, y cuando me di cuenta de que su primera novela y la serie que estoy preparando tienen temas en común, pensé que ya era hora de traerla. Y aquí está.

Carmen Cervera

Carmen Cervera

Carmen Cervera

Humanista digital, arquitecta de sueños, corresponsal en mundos invisibles.

Nací, un sábado de principios de noviembre de 1981, en Mallorca, isla en la que, contra todo pronóstico, aún resido. Vivo en un paraíso con exceso de asfalto y cemento, que soy incapaz de cambiar por otro. Mi mejor amigo es un gato que tiene el mismo mal genio que yo. Los libros y la música son los fieles compañeros que jamás me han abandonado, gracias a ellos soy lo que soy, la afortunada y orgullosa poseedora de uno de los mayores bienes que ningún ser humano pueda codiciar: Tengo un sueño.

Pertenezco a esa generación que ya empieza a calificarse como perdida, la generación más preparada que ha conocido España y que se enfrenta a un presente incierto, nada halagüeño. La generación sin futuro, dicen muchos. No obstante, no es menos cierto que yo soy un caso perdido que, para colmo, pertenece a la generación perdida. Soy una inconformista que no se conforma con no conformarse, una soñadora que, a pesar de los golpes de la vida y las advertencias de amigos y familiares, ha decidido, una y otra vez, seguir soñando.

Al igual que la mayoría de los miembros de mi generación, me siento rechazada por un sistema que se ha demostrado inútil, la diferencia, tal vez, radique en que, sin saber muy bien qué estaba haciendo, yo rechacé a ese mismo sistema antes de que él me diera esquinazo, manteniéndome en la ilusión de que uno, si quiere, puede vivir y realizarse sin necesidad de seguir los caminos establecidos.

El resultado de todo ello es que, a mis 30 años, soy licenciada en Humanidades, periodista renegada, y escritora convencida. Puedo montarme en el carro de la realidad, asumir que hay muy poco futuro para una humanista soñadora y resignarme. Aunque, también, puedo seguir soñando y divertirme convirtiendo esos sueños en palabras. Una vez más, elijo los sueños.

http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Cervera/e/B009821QPO/

Su primera novela:

Non Serviam de Carmen Cervera

Non Serviam de Carmen Cervera

Non Serviam. La Cueva del Diablo

La ciudad de Salamanca es el escenario de esta historia de misterio sobrenatural que entrelaza mitología y realidad para dar forma a una trama apasionante, capaz de atrapar al lector desde el primer momento.

La antropóloga Luz Martín recibe la inesperada invitación de su colega y amigo Alfonso Vázquez para participar en la investigación de un antiguo y extraño manuscrito hallado en la Casa de las Muertes. El proyecto, que se presenta ante ella como una oportunidad para recomponer su vida tras la muerte de su marido, la sitúa en el centro de una oscura y peligrosa lucha de poder y ritos ocultistas en la que nada ni nadie es lo que parece.

Los sucesos extraños en torno a la investigación del manuscrito coinciden con la aparición de un enigmático personaje que acompañará y ayudará a Luz hasta descubrirle un mundo en el que las leyendas son realidad. Una novela cautivadora y de ritmo trepidante en la que personajes humanos y sobrenaturales se unen para crear un relato con un final sorprendente que lleva al lector a replantearse los conceptos del bien y del mal.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0097VKB20/

http://www.amazon.es/dp/B0097VKB20/

Carmen publicó luego una serie llamada Ladrones de Almas y por lo que tengo entendido la está revisando e irá publicando nuevas ediciones. De momento os dejo la primera.

Ladrones de Almas I de Carmen Cervera

Ladrones de Almas I de Carmen Cervera

Ladrones de Almas I

Segunda edición revisada y ampliada de Ladrones de Almas I

Cuando la huida es la única opción ningún plan parece demasiado descabellado. Eso pensó Lidia al escapar del mundo criminal en el que había crecido. Lo que jamás habría imaginado era que su desesperado plan la introduciría en un mundo lleno de magia y seres imposibles. Menos todavía que uno de esos seres fantásticos despertara en ella emociones que creía que no podía sentir y una atracción desenfrenada.

¿Quién es ese peligroso guerrero capaz de conmover a Lidia como nadie nunca lo había hecho?

Tantos siglos después de haber sido desterrados de su mundo y condenados a vivir entre humanos, cualquiera podría pensar que Alix y Orj ya estaban más que habituados a aquella existencia en el exilio. Y tal vez era así. Al menos hasta que al ir a ocuparse de las almas de los narcotraficantes fallecidos encontraron a una superviviente entre los cadáveres. Ella no debería estar viva, aunque tampoco tendría que haber estado en esa lancha narcos. Salvar a la joven implicaba romper las estrictas normas que debían seguir si pretendían ser perdonados algún día y regresar a su hogar. Pero dejarla morir significaba algo todavía peor: Condenar un alma inocente. Ninguna de ambas cosas entraban en sus planes, pero mucho menos imaginaban la poderosa atracción que surgiría entre Orj y la joven humana que de no ser por Alix habría muerto junto a los narcotraficantes.

¿Quién era esa chica capaz de despertar la pasión y el corazón dormidos del más peligroso de los seres desterrados al mundo humano?

http://www.amazon.com/El-encuentro-Ladrones-Almas-I-ebook/dp/B00E199SNG/

http://www.amazon.es/El-encuentro-Ladrones-Almas-I-ebook/dp/B00E199SNG/

Gracias a Carmen Cervera por visitarnos, gracias a todos vosotros por leer, y acordaos de dadle al me gusta, comentad, compartid, y haced CLIC!

Hi all:

As you know apart from writing and translating (when I have time!) I read books and review in a variety of places. And every so often I bring them here for your information. Today I have a varied selection. See if you find something of interest:

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly. Non-stop action and dragons in China.

Thanks to Net Galley I got a pre-release copy of this novel. It’s still in pre-order, so you can read about it before it comes out.

The Great Zoo of China is a good romp, a fabulous ride and a fast-paced adventure/thriller book. You have to be prepared to suspend disbelief and to not mind if situations are stretched a bit far, but if you are happy to do that…you’ll have a fun read.

The book reminded me of Jurassic Park and reading the interview with the author at the end (that I recommend to readers and writers alike) I was not surprised to discover it was one of his favourite books.  The main differences are the setting and the creatures. If Jurassic Park could be seen as a criticism of capitalism’s lack of scruples, one has to wonder, what would be crueller and hungrier, capitalism run amok or communism desperate to become the biggest power by hijacking the world’s attention? While you might have your own opinion on how likely a scenario this is, the possible reasons provided as background don’t interfere greatly with the enjoyment of the story, unless you take them too seriously.

The Great Zoo of China (hardback cover)

The Great Zoo of China (hardback cover)

The similarities with Jurassic Park go from the pseudo-scientific details (although this book’s premise is more fanciful if you like myths and dragons you’ll enjoy the thought), to the size of the creatures, little children, and families, the action-packed episodes and our wondering who (if anybody) will make it out live.

I liked the female hero although we get but a few glimpses of her previous life and there is little psychological depth, but she has guts aplenty. It’s easy to root for her.

To begin with, the book made me think of a huge action movie, later of an adventure computer game where the main character is always looking for a new weapon to fight the big menace (here really enormous). It also reminded me of horror movies with the scary monster who refuses to die and always keeps coming at you. And of the old movies by instalments where you would go from one nail-biting cliff-hanger to the next without time to catch your breath.

The book is a quick and easy read and a page turner. It made me very aware that there are only so many ways one can say big, huge, enormous…

If you’ve read many books in this genre I don’t think it will break new ground or be utterly surprising but it achieves its aims successfully and it is big. If you want escapism, a read that will make you jump and keep you entertained, this novel more than fits the bill.

This is the pre-order link:

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Zoo-China-Matthew-Reilly-ebook/dp/B00MENIERC/

The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell

The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell

The Serpent Papers by Jessica Cornwell. Alchemy, codices and witches in Barcelona

I requested a free copy of this novel from Net Galley when I read the description and saw this was a book about a quest for knowledge, the search for an old manuscript, and the action took place in part in Barcelona. Being from Barcelona and having loved books and reading all my life, it was difficult to resist.

The Serpent Papers is the story of the search for an old illuminated manuscript (a palimpsest to be precise) that has been hidden for years to prevent its destruction. The links of this manuscript with alchemy, an enigmatic figure (Rex Illuminatus confused  at times with the historical figure of Ramon Llull), immortality, witches, and women’s murders make for a complex story. At the heart of the novel there’s a scholar/detective/expert, Anna Verco, who might or might not have some paranormal powers (that might instead be due to organic reasons). Like in many of these books, the search for meaning also becomes an inquiry into the main character and what she stands for.

Cornwell (granddaughter of John le Carré) builds up a complex structure to tell her story. Letters from different periods, accounts of previous attempts at investigating Rex Illuminatus by other experts, interviews of people who knew the victims, dreams and hallucinations…All of them sound and read real, showing a breadth of knowledge and characterization rich and convincing. The language can go from the poetic and lyrical to the mundane and down-to-earth, changing registers with ease.

I loved the little snippets of folk story and legends of the city of Barcelona, the descriptions of the landscape of the island of Mallorca, and the challenges the story poses. It is not an easy read and it can be demanding, both of one’s attention and also of knowledge and deductive capacities. I wondered if a cast of characters for the different eras with some brief descriptions might not make the reading experience easier.

Men using their power and violence to silence women, women being cast as witches as a way of shutting them up, and centuries of attempts at keeping secrets under wraps are not new ideas (at times it made me think of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist although the novel is more complex) but that does not detract from a solid novel that I kept imagining in a big screen near us. I can see actresses fighting over the main character and Barcelona and Mallorca looking very handsome indeed in the adaptation.

I understand this is the first in an ‘alchemical thriller’ trilogy. The appeal and the pull on the imagination of the subject would keep readers coming back for more. Readers who like books about intrigues in a historical setting and with conspiracy theory backgrounds will enjoy it, although I suspect it might be slightly more demanding than previous titles that have become very popular.

In a separate note, I wasn’t sure about the Catalan sentences. There were a number of typos and I couldn’t work out if it was phonetically recorded rather than intended as orthographically correct. More consistency in that aspect would have made the book more seamless for me (that would not be a problem for people not familiar with Catalan).

Just in case you want to check what others have said, here is the Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/21/the-serpent-papers-jessica-cornwell-review

Here the link to the actual book:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Serpent-Papers-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00MELZJM2

 

Alex Haley's Roots. An Author's Odyssey by Adam Henig

Alex Haley’s Roots. An Author’s Odyssey by Adam Henig

Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey by Adam Henig. Shining some light on the Roots controversy.

This is an informative account of the period of time in Alex Haley’s life following the publication of roots and the TV series but it is not a complete conventional biography. Although it does not delve deep into the author’s motives (it is not a deep psychological portrait), it does a great job of reviewing existing sources and even on occasions adding new material from interviews. I was aware of some of the controversy surrounding ‘Roots’ but not of the evidence and details that unfolded. This is a must for people interested in Roots and Haley, and considering its length, it offers a good summary of the sources. I’d love to see and read more of the extensive sources the author explored to produce this work, as there seems to exist much untapped potential.

A well-written and compelling account of a fascinating work (however we might choose to define it) that changed people’s perception of African-American history and stories.

As an author, I also enjoyed the collection of blogs chartering the journey of Adam Henig to, first research, and finally self-publish the book. I hope more books will follow.

http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Haleys-Roots-Authors-Odyssey-ebook/dp/B00HRN891A/

Thanks to all the authors for their books and special thanks to all of you for reading. Please, like, comment, share, CLICK and above all, keep reading!

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